Welcome to St Germans Group Parish

Your Kingdom come.....Your will be done.
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A quick summary of forthcoming events around the parish and benefice

New midweek said Communion service – ‘Tuesdays at Ten at Tideford’

We had our first said mid-week Communion service at Tideford church at 10am last Tuesday, and this will continue every week. All are welcome of course. It’s a short service followed by tea/coffee.

First Annual Heritage Day – St Mary’s Church Sheviock – Saturday 12th October 10.30 to 4pm

Church tours, presentation displays and lunch and later, the Heritage Day Concert with the Callington Gospel choir 7-9pm

Benefice wide service – St Mary’s Church Sheviock – Sunday 13th October at 10.30

We welcome Archdeacon Audrey. This will be the only service in the benefice that Sunday.

St Germans Priory Trust. A.G.M.Monday 14th October 2019 7pm – St Germans Priory Church.
Dr Richard Laugharne will give a short talk about the work of the Trust and plans for the future. Light refreshments will be served.

Messy Church – 19th October 10.30 – noon

At St Germans Methodist Chapel

Christmas Market – Thursday 21st – Saturday 23rd NovemberSt Germans Priory Church.

Advance notice of this popular event.


WE EXTEND A SPECIAL WELCOME to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, filthy rich, comfortable or dirt poor.

We extend a special welcome to wailing babies and excited toddlers.

We welcome you whether you can sing like Pavarotti or just growl quietly to yourself. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woken up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you are more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been to church since Christmas ten years ago.

We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome keep-fit mums, football dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you are having problems, are down in the dumps or don’t like ‘organised religion’. (We’re not too keen on it either!)

We offer a welcome to those who think that the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or are here because granny is visiting and wanted to come to church.

We welcome those who are inked, pierced, both or neither. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throats as kids or got lost on the coastal path and wound up here by mistake. We welcome pilgrims, tourists, seekers, doubters ….. and you!


Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Margaret Sylvester-Thorne,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01503 230726 (vicarage number, messages will be forwarded)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In an emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Parish Contacts

Parish Priest: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker – main point of contact for all matters

Parish Wardens: Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Readers/Licensed Lay Ministers: Richard Laugharne, Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters

For weddings, baptisms, funerals and church services:  Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Children’s work: Rev. Canon Lynn Parker, Evelyn Reed, David Watters and Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Messy Church: Evelyn Reed

For buildings and general parish enquiries: the Parish Wardens:   Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

For Safeguarding:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne

Pastoral Visitors Team:  Pat Paxton

Parish Giving Scheme:  David Watters

Finances: the Treasurer, Fiona Liddicoat

Electoral Roll: Brenda Daw

Enquiries about individual churches:

Downderry:  Andrew Pidgen

Hessenford: Fran Moore

St Germans: Richard Laugharne

Tideford: Sue Merrick

Deanery Synod Reps:  Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters and Bill Woods

PCC Members for April 2019

Sue Booth, Fiona Bristow, Yvonne Byles, Dawn Couling, Jenny Daniel, Sue Merrick, Fran Moore, Hugh Parker, Andrew Pidgen, Tim Pullin, Evelyn Reed, Rosemary Stevenson


Hire and other info on St Germans Priory Church for events:

The St Germans Priory Trust:   www.stgermanspriory.info

Hire of the Church Hall in Hessenford:   http://www.4clubs.biz/timeslot/hessenford2/


October Thoughts from Rev Lynn

For thousands of years, the Church has continued a practice known as communion, or depending on different church traditions, the Lord’s Supper or the Eucharist. Communion uses bread as a symbol for Jesus’ body and wine as a symbol for his blood.

Jesus started this tradition of communion when he instructed his followers to use bread and wine to remember the sacrifice he was going to make when he died for our sins on the cross.

The early Church celebrated Jesus by taking communion regularly. They saw that every time they gathered around a table to eat and drink, it was a chance to recognize Jesus and thank God for all he’s done.

The intent is not for us to mindlessly perform a ritual, but to intentionally set aside time to remember what Jesus has done and why he did it.  Celebrating communion marks the story of Jesus, how he gave Himself completely to give us a better life, a new start, and a fresh relationship with God.

Communion is important because it’s a command to remember. With this commandment in mind we are starting up from Tuesday the 1st October a weekly communion service at Tideford Church on a Tuesday morning at 10.00am. This will be a simple non singing service of around 30 minutes followed by a time of fellowship over a cup of tea. It is open to all to come to, whatever churches you normally, or never attend. This service will be in addition to the usual benefice pattern of services across the six churches.



~   News and Events in the Parish   ~

September 2019 onwards

Community Lunches

The community lunches take place weekly on Wednesdays at 12 noon in St Nicolas Church, Downderry.

All are welcome to come for a tasty three course meal, good company and fellowship 

No charge, donations welcome


Coffee Morning  and Soup and Pud Lunch 2019

 Next lunch – Saturday 9th November

10.30am – 1.30pm

All in the parish and visitors are invited to coffee and lunch and to browse the local group and charity stalls.         


Pub Theology

A chance to discuss ideas and thoughts about all matter of things theological.

After a short introduction of 5 minutes, the conversation is open.

Meet at The Eliot Arms pub St Germans, 7.30 – 9pm on the fourth Wednesday of every month.

Autumn topics:       Stages of life: a theological perspective

September 25th – Childhood

October  23rd – Teenage/ young adulthood

November 27th – Middle age

January 22nd – Old age

            For any enquiries or suggestions, ring Richard Laugharne (01503-230333).   All welcome!


Support St Nicolas’ School, Downderry

Fish and Chip Lunches

only £3 each – great value!

Fridays 27/9, 4/10, 11/10 and 18/10, half term break, restart from 1st November ……

 Please book your place by ringing the school

on 01503 250565

or email: stnicslunch@stbarnabasmat.com


Messy Church

meeting in St Germans Methodist Church

on the third Saturday of the month – all welcome!

Next session:  19th October 10.30am-12 noon

Messy Church is a form of church for children and adults that involves creativity, celebration and hospitality – it’s fun!

Find out more at https://www.messychurch.org.uk/what-messy-church-and-isnt


Events at St Germans Priory Church


St Germans Priory Trust. A.G.M.

Monday 14th October 2019    7pm St Germans Priory Church.

Dr Richard Laugharne will give a short talk about the work of the Trust and plans for the future.

Light refreshments will be served.


St Germans Priory Trust Community Churchyard tidy up
Saturday 19th October 2019  9.00am – 12.30pm

Please come along with garden tools to help tidy the Churchyard.  Hot drinks and refreshments will be available in the church during the morning.

If you would like more information or can help at any other time please ring   07967507258.


Christmas Market

Thursday 21st –  Saturday 23rd November

In aid of the Priory Trust.


9 Lessons and Carols with the East Cornwall Bach Choir

Wednesday 4th December 7.30pm


Latest News

THE FOOD BANK – no change to the message – our help is needed

There are collecting boxes in all our four churches – please keep the contributions coming in………..

You will have read in the press that the need is greater than ever – so please keep the contributions coming in.

How can you help the Foodbank?     Currently (beginning October) there are the following shortages:

  • JAM

PLEASE – no baked beans, pasta, pasta sauce, soup, teabags or cereals – the Foodbank has PLENTY of these items.

However, money is a continuing issue, and is becoming a common problem throughout all of Cornwall’s Foodbanks.   All are having to react to an increase in demand; and although food is being donated in increasing volumes covering the demand, the costs related to sustaining larger Foodbanks is becoming a challenge. So, a real requirement now is cash.

If you could help through regular donations we would be extremely grateful. Setting up a Standing Order is ideal, but any donation would be wonderful. We can also take donations CAF and Stewardship schemes.

If you can help please contact the Liskeard & Looe Foodbank.

Tel: 07512 011452.

email: liskeard.foodbank@gmail.com

Thank you for your support.




St Germans Priory Trust

If you would like to volunteer to help the Project in any way please visit our website at www.stgermanspriory.info  and let us know your contact details.

Board of Priory Trustees

  • Chair- Richard Laugharne
  • Vice Chair – Fiona Bristow
  • Secretary – Brenda Daw
  • Support Officer – Jo Rimron
  • Ann Demaine
  • Peter Daw
  • Hugh Parker
  • Bob Foulkes.

News Archives

Phone 01503 230676 (Rev Lynn Parker – main contact)

The parish addresses for email are:

parker30@hotmail.com (main contact)

or alternatively:


St Germans, Hessenford, Downderry & Tideford services

Please also refer to our “A Church Near You” websites for other information:


1st October Tuesday  
10am Said Eucharist Tideford
3rd October Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
6th October 16th Sunday after Trinity
11am Parish Eucharist Downderry
5pm Evening Healing Service Tideford
7th October Monday
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
9th October Tuesday  
10am Said Eucharist Tideford
10th October Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
13th October 17th Sunday after Trinity
10.30am Joint Benefice Service with Archdeacon Audrey   St Mary’s Church, Sheviock
14th October Monday
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
16th October Tuesday  
10am Said Eucharist Tideford
17th October Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
19th October Saturday
10.30am Messy Church St Germans Methodist Church
20th October 18th Sunday after Trinity  
9.30am Eucharist St Nicolas Church Downderry
11am Eucharist St Germans
21st October Monday
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
23rd October Tuesday  
10am Said Eucharist Tideford
24th October Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford
27th October 19th Sunday after Trinity  
9.30am Morning Prayer St Nicolas Church Downderry
11am Morning Prayer Tideford
28th October Monday
9.30am Prayer Service St Germans
5pm Prayer Service Downderry
30th October Tuesday  
10am Said Eucharist Tideford
31st October Thursday  
9.30am Prayer Service Hessenford

East Wivelshire

The area of the Diocese of Truro area is that of the county of Cornwall including the Isles of Scilly. It was formed on 15 December 1876 from the Archdeaconry of Cornwall in the Diocese of Exeter. It is therefore one of the younger dioceses.

The diocese is divided into two archdeaconries:

Rural deaneries

The names of the older deaneries (before 1875) are based on those of the ancient hundreds though the boundaries do not always correspond. The deaneries created in 1875 in the episcopate of Frederick Temple were Bodmin, Stratton, St Austell, and Carnmarth. These remained unchanged until Carnmarth was divided; later still in the 1980s some alterations of boundaries occurred. Chronological Sequence:

Estwevelsire, 1259; Estwyvelschyre, 1291; Estwevelschire, 1366; Easte, 1672; East, 1847, 1980; East Wivelshire, 1997, 2009.

St Germans Group Parish PCC as from May 2019

Permanent members of the PCC

The Vicar – Rev Canon Lynn Parker

LayChair –  Rosemary Stevenson

Secretary – Evelyn Reed

Treasurer – Fiona Liddicoat

Parish Wardens:

Paul Gribble and Bill Woods

Church Stewards:

Downderry: Andrew Pidgen
Hessenford: Fran Moore
Tideford: Sue Merrick
St Germans: Richard Laugharne

PCC members:

Downderry: Sue Booth, Jenny Daniels   Cashiers:  Tim Pullin
Hessenford: Yvonne Byles,  Dawn Couling.  Cashier:  Fiona Bristow
St Germans: Sue Merrick, Evelyn Reed.   Cashier: Peter Daw
Tideford:  Hugh Parker.  Cashier: Ron Bradley

Deanery Synod Reps:

Margaret Sylvester-Thorne, David Watters. Bill Woods